COALDALE: The Town is giving the boot to heavy trucks on their streets.
As of next Monday, August 19th, heavy trucks, including cattle liners, will
no longer be allowed on 20th avenue, also known as "Main Street", or along 8th
street, on the east edge of the town.
Town officials say heavy trucks have been using the streets as a through way
from County roads to Highway-3 for years and the complaints are getting louder.
According to Town Director of Operations Gary Scherer, "Heavy trucks make
noise and people don't appreciate that," says Scherer. "Plus they damage the
roads, which the Town has to pay for even though we don't get any compensation.
It may be convenient for truckers to use the roads and save themselves a couple
of minutes but it's ultimately the people of Coaldale who have to pay the price
for that convenience."
Scherer says trucks can avoid 20th avenue and 8th street, by using County
roads east of Town to reach Highway-3. The restrictions do not apply to commercial or delivery trucks which have to access the downtown business area.
The existing truck route designation
will be removed and "No Heavy Truck" signs will be installed to remind truckers
that the roads are closed to their use. Regional Police will enforce the new rule.